# Sin(3x)=3sinx ?

#### Wooh

This is a bizarre little proof that is probably wrong, but I want to know where
$$\lim_{\theta\rightarrow0}\frac{\sin{3\theta}}{\theta} = 3$$
This is provable quite easily, I don't think I need to do that atm...
well, we know that
$$\lim_{\theta \rightarrow 0} \frac{\sin{\theta}}{\theta} = 1$$
So that would imply that
$$3\lim_{\theta \rightarrow 0} \frac{\sin{\theta}}{\theta} = 3$$
thus implying that
$$\lim_{\theta \rightarrow 0} \frac{3\sin{\theta}}{\theta} = 3$$
By substitution
$$\lim_{\theta \rightarrow 0} \frac{\sin{3\theta}}{\theta} = \lim_{\theta \rightarrow 0} \frac{3\sin{\theta}}{\theta}$$
(iffy step)
If you drop the limit on both sides...
$$\frac{\sin{3\theta}}{\theta}=\frac{3\sin{\theta}}{\theta}$$
Which oh so quickly becomes
$$\sin{3\theta}=3\sin{\theta}$$

#### Tom Mattson

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Wooh said:
$$\lim_{\theta \rightarrow 0} \frac{\sin{3\theta}}{\theta} = \lim_{\theta \rightarrow 0} \frac{3\sin{\theta}}{\theta}$$
(iffy step)
If you drop the limit on both sides...
$$\frac{\sin{3\theta}}{\theta}=\frac{3\sin{\theta}}{\theta}$$
Which oh so quickly becomes
$$\sin{3\theta}=3\sin{\theta}$$

Yes, that step is "iffy". With it, I can "prove" that sin(3θ) equals any function with the same limit as θ approaches zero. The step is invalid for the same reason that it is invalid to conclude that sin(3θ)=sin(θ) just because those two functions happen to be equal at θ=0.

edit: fixed quote bracket

#### Wooh

Ok, cool, I can accept that. :)

Sure, for certain values of theta.

Edit: What Tom said.

#### Wooh

Sure, for certain values of theta.

Edit: What Tom said.
smartass 